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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Apparently my new fax/printer/etc. is a gas guzzler. If Iíd known that a week ago when I bought it, it might have been a deal-breaker. So Iím glad I didnít know, because other than the fact that it demands a new ink cartridge after only one week of use, I love the machine. It does everything better than any Iíve ever had, except for that one flaw.

When I woke up this morning the machine showed that a fax had been received, but it refused to print it because I was out of ink. I made an unplanned trip to the office supply store and was pleasantly surprised to discover that the ink cartridges are much cheaper than the ones for my old machine. Itís a good thing, considering how likely I am to have to replace them often.

After I came home and replaced the cartridge, page upon page came spewing out. The first ten pages were a quote I knew the Boss was waiting for, so I phoned him and he told me he already had it. Why the supplier faxed the quote to me in the first place I have no idea. I donít do any construction estimating here; all I do is pay the bills. For that I need an invoice.

Iím still thrilled with the new machine, and it makes me hungry for more. Unfortunately (for my hunger, anyway), I probably donít even need a new copier, because the fax/printer/etc. makes copies many times faster than the old one did. The Boss wants me to spend money to keep the office working efficiently, but I hate to do it just for the sake of doing it. I could use a new, high-speed paper shredder, I suppose. Thatís another machine that gets quite a workout around here.




5 October 2006

Cloud menace.



Iím guessing the smaller ink tanks contribute somehow to the superior quality of the printing that I get out of the new machine. At least, Iíd like to think so. Otherwise, it would be a matter of a deliberately designed inconvenience, and what engineer would want to put their name on something like that? I know if I were designing a product, Iíd want it to be perfect in every possible way. But maybe thatís just me.




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I used todayís spooky holiday as an excuse to stock up on something I really didnít need. I donít expect any trick-or-treaters out here in the wilderness, so I should have both bags of Snickers left over to ration out to myself over the next few months. I donít routinely buy candy bars, or anything else I like as much as Snickers, but Iím not above taking advantage of the situation. I didnít exactly cower in the dark, but I didnít leave my outside lights on, either. Itís not that I donít want to share my Snickers, but I wouldnít want to encourage people to figure out how to get to my door. Iíve made a good life out here by being hard to find.

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One year ago: Spooked
"Insert ear-piercing shriek here."

Two years ago: Back Up
"I wonder if the planet the aliens took me to might have spun a little more slowly than this one. (Sometimes I wish they would take me back there.)"

Three years ago: Spooked
"Apparently I have some power over the weather after all."

Four years ago: Ramble
"It's a sequel to a film that I liked a lot last year, and it has wizards and stuff in it, but I'm embarrassed to tell you what it is. It doesn't have the word 'Ring' in the title, though, if you were wondering."

Five years ago: Strange Visitor
"I don't have anything here for them but rice cakes and granola bars (and leftover jambalaya)."

Six years ago: Wet Grounds
"I'm stressing over this decision as if my vote were going to make a difference, when I know that it'll make a difference only to me."


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